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9 May 2011

Belinda Webster wins the Don Banks Award

Belinda Webster at the 2007 Classical Music Awards Ceremony Image: Belinda Webster at the 2007 Classical Music Awards Ceremony  

The Australia Council Don Banks Music Award 2011 has been awarded to Belinda Webster, OAM, for her outstanding contribution to Australian music.

For two decades Webster's commitment to commissioning, producing and recording works through her Tall Poppies label has resulted in a vast and unique collection of Australian music culture, preserved for future generations.

Chair of the Australia Council Music Board, composer Matthew Hindson, presented the $60,000 award in Kangaroo Valley last Friday at the opening of Arts in the Valley, a biennial festival of music, dance and sculpture, established by Webster in 2007.

'Belinda's incredible passion and tireless energy for Australian music has given hundreds of Australia's most talented musicians a fully professional outlet for their work that would otherwise be unavailable', says Matthew Hindson. 'She has supported the careers of countless musicians and composers, capturing their work and allowing others to enjoy and to be inspired by it.'

Belinda Webster's interest in sound engineering and production came to fruition during her time at 2MBS radio, where she produced over 600 live and studio recordings. In 1991, with a vision to record and distribute Australian music, she founded Tall Poppies Records, the first company in Australia to focus on the recording of solo and chamber music. Since then she has selected and produced over 200 CDs that feature Australian compositions or performers, often both, with many receiving awards and critical acclaim. Tall Poppies has commissioned 47 new works in its 20-year history.

All Tall Poppies CDs are now available through the AMC Online Shop - browse the full Tall Poppies catalogue.

Further links

'Top award goes to a tall poppy of Australian music' (Australia Council media release)
Tall Poppies catalogue on AMC Online
Tall Poppies Records (www.tallpoppies.net/)

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The Australian Music Centre connects people around the world to Australian composers and sound artists. By facilitating the performance, awareness and appreciation of music by these creative artists, it aims to increase their profile and the sustainability of their art form. Established in 1974, the AMC is now the leading provider of information, resources, materials and products relating to Australian new music.


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